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Molder has long wait for first win

Bryce Molder shoots 7 under on the day and sinks a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force a playoff, which he won on the sixth extra hole for the first PGA Tour victory in his 132nd career start.

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Bryce Molder shoots 7 under on the day and sinks a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force a playoff, which he won on the sixth extra hole for the first PGA Tour victory in his 132nd career start.

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Bryce Molder waited 132 tournaments before winning for the first time on the PGA Tour. He didn't mind going an extra six holes Sunday at the Open in the longest playoff of the year.

Molder made a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — the fourth time he had to play the closing hole at Cordevalle in 90 minutes — to outlast Briny Baird in a playoff that both players had chances to win.

"It's a little surreal right now," Molder said. "That's a lot of golf."

It was the 17th playoff this year on the PGA Tour, setting a record dating to the modern era that began in 1970.

Baird chipped in from short of the 17th green for eagle in regulation to take a one-shot lead. In the group ahead of him, Molder rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to close with 7-under 64.

Baird, 0-for-348 in 12 years on tour, shot 4-under 67. He twice had birdie putts on the 18th in the playoff to win, missing from 8 feet and 12 feet. Molder had three chances to win with eagle putts on the 284-yard 17th, missing from 20 feet, 15 feet and 12 feet, all from about the same line.

They finished at 17-under 267, then looked as though they would never finish.

Tiger Woods had three rounds in the 60s for the first time in more than a year but finished 10 shots behind in a tie for 30th. Are his best days behind him?

"I've heard that before," he said curtly. "It's not the first time."

Bud Cauley, the 21-year-old who turned pro this summer, shot 66 and finished third to earn $340,000, likely enough to earn him a card next year without having to go through the qualifying tournament.

On the fourth extra hole, Molder drove into a hazard on the 18th. He hammered out a shot to the front of the green and hit a lag from 80 feet to escape with par.

"It wasn't an easy shot. It certainly wasn't heroic," he said. "I knew if I could get a decent club on it, it would go somewhere where I was looking."

CHAMPIONS: Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas, without hitting a shot when heavy rain washed out the final round.

Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, shot 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under. Tommy Armour III was second, and Eduardo Romero finished two strokes back.

LPGA: Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her sixth tour victory of the season and ninth title overall, shooting 5-under 67 to edge Na Yeon Choi by a stroke. The Taiwanese star finished at 14-under 202.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot 6-under 66 and finished in a tie for third at 11 under. It was Lincicome's sixth top-10 finish this season. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson shot 69 and finished at even par.

Molder has long wait for first win 10/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 9, 2011 10:24pm]
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